The White Ribbon, (German: Das weiße Band), a feature film by Austrian director Michael Haneke, premiered in Cannes International Film Festival this year, picking up the honour of Palme D’Or. The black and white film, shot on location in film Leipzig, Lübeck, Dreetz, and Plattenburg, explores the reality that terrorism begins at home.
The White Ribbon tells the story of a small protestant village in the north of Germany in 1913/1914, on the eve of World War I. The village teacher, the young choir members, the squire, pastor, midwife, doctor and farmer. Strange accidents happen that indicate that ritual punishment is being carried out. Who is behind it? According to Haneke, the film is about “the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature.”
See the trailer and other high definition videos online at Wega Film.
The White Ribbon was written and directed by Michael Haneke, with cinematographer Christian Berger, producers Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz, Stefano Massenzo and Michael Katz, art director Anja Müller and editor Monika Willi.
The initial version of the script was written as a television mini-series for the Austrian broadcaster ORF, but was dropped because of a lack of financial investment. Eventually revived as a feature film, the production was led by the Austrian company Wega Film, along with French company Les Films Du Losange, German company X Filme and Italian company Lucky Red. International distribution is through Les Films du Losange.